I was bouncing up and down in my chair as I read this. http://nyti.ms/13kvVJK Sweet, sweet music to my ears. And from a ‘lil Buffett? The old man can’t be all that happy with his son’s sentiments–given that he is a sort of granddaddy of said complex “Charitable Industrial Complex”. Ah well, let them fight it out over their very long dinner table. I will allow myself to feel heartened that people with some modicum of power and influence are starting to publicly challenge not just the impact of charity/aid, but the intentions behind it. (Love, love, love the image of the guilt washing station. Think I can ask him to borrow it?)
And he finishes off by speaking the unspeakable; saying what many of us have known or felt but have been wary to articulate: That the system is fundamentally broken and no one can imagine an alternative. That it isn’t about making aid more efficient or business minded. It needs a complete overhaul: break it down, sell off the parts, re-enage, re-imagine, re-build. He actually said that it’s broken! Which, of course, begs the question: who’s gonna rebuild it? Who’s got the will, mandate, chutzpah, vision, resources to build a whole new approach to international development? Cuz there’s a whole lotta vested interest in the status quo.
Now THAT’s what I hope father and son are discussing over the dinner table.